Absolute Online Only Business Liquidation Auction #1 of 2
Tony Veltri's Retirement Auction
Location: 501 Blueville Drive Grafton, WV 26354
Pickup: Wednesday, March 28th and Thursday, March 29th from 9:00am - 4:30pm.
Bidding is open and closes Monday, March 26th @ 6:00pm
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Plumbing * Hardware * Cookware * Knives * Stovepipe * Feed * Electrical Supplies * Gardening Supplies * Tools * Generator * Aladdin Lamps * View the catalog for a complete list & pictures of 2,000 lots!
Place your bids! Due to the number of items in this auction we are closing 30 lots every 5 minutes with a 5 minute extension. If someone bids on a specific lot within the last 5 minutes that lot extends 5 minutes until no bids are placed within that time frame.
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Farmers Delight Article
You know that hometown hardware store that's been there since your Grandpa was a boy? The one that has wooden drawers, is small but has every gadget you can think of stashed among the goods? Where you know the owner personally and if you need anything they don't have he'd be happy to put in an order for you? That was Tony Veltri's store in Grafton. Farmers Delight has been a much-loved, family-owned hardware since the 1950's, passed down to Tony from his parents. After 68 years in business and thinking of retiring for 17 years, this hometown "hardware-man" is finally closing the doors. Kaufman Realty & Auctions of WV will be conducting an online auction to sell the contents of the store. See below for more information.
Tony remembers a particular day in his boyhood, around 11 years, when he was helping his parents in Webster, WV. They owned a small grocery store and lived in the apartment above. Along with groceries they sold a lot of livestock feed which came in 100 lb cloth bags. As this part of the business grew, Tony's father built a masonry building attached to the store with a dock for easy access. The first bulk load of feed they got was a whole railroad car full, which was the smallest quantity they could order. It arrived in Grafton, 5 miles away, and Tony, his dad and a friend with a truck hauled the feed all night. He remembers going to bed at 5am before his first day at Grafton Jr. High.
Tony took over the families operation after graduating high school, promising his parents he'd go to college after training someone else to take over but loved the business so much he stayed and poured all of his ingenuity into it! From feed, developed hardware and Farmers Delight became and International Harvestor Farm equipment dealer from 1958-1968. Tony decided to retire the family's grocery store and focus on hardware. Increasing continually and running out of room, the store was eventually relocated to Grafton, where the current Salvation Army store is now. Soon that too was outgrown and they were offered the spot they are in now across the parking lot.
During this time, Tony met his wife Geraldine through a customer at his store in Webster. Harriet was the principal at the school Geraldine was teaching at and thought they'd be a great pair. Harriet suggested to Tony that she knew a gal who'd like the self-built stereo he had in the store. When she finally came in, Tony got her number and called her for a date but never made her the stereo. They got married and have been together ever since.
Tony used his business skills to open several other stores including two nostalgic-type hardware stores called "General Store" in East Pointe and Flatwoods, as well as a pet supply store on Johnson Ave in Bridgeport. Eastern Pet Supply became very successful and is now run by Tony & Geraldine's only son, Joe, who has developed it into a large pet supplier and grooming facility. Tony also spent 18 years serving on the Board of Education and in 1992 became a County Commissioner; an office which he still holds (30 years when the term ends).
When Geraldine retired from teaching 17 years ago, Tony said he'd sell the store too. Well, here he is today, still sad to leave his customers who have become more like friends. He dearly loved this business, the customers, his employees and the hardware shows he and his wife traveled to. He said that one thing he always tried to do was treat his customers right, making a phone call if he found out someone was unhappy and getting in a product if they didn't have it. From this he gained many friends and Farmers Delight enjoyed many successful years as a friendly neighborhood business. Tony says he hopes to travel with his wife and enjoy life with his grand kids.
Kaufman Realty & Auctions offers online auctions as one of the most effective ways to sell your personal property. It is safe, involves less labor, and draws buyers from vast regions that could not attend a live auction. Talk to Andrew or Wayne about conducting your online auction today.
KAUFMAN REALTY & AUCTIONS OF WV
399 W. Main St.
Bridgeport, WV 26330
David Anthony Kaufman, Broker
Andrew Yoder Jr. - Auctioneer/Agent
Auc. Lic #2086
Wayne Yoder - Auctioneer/Agent
Auc. Lic. #2161